Fundamentals of Nutrition Science (NUTR 201): This course presents the fundamental scientific principles of human nutrition. Students will become familiar with food sources; recommended intake levels; biochemical role; mode of absorption, transport, excretion; deficiency/toxicity symptoms, and potential major public health problems for each macro- and micronutrient. The goals for this course are: 1.) to describe the components of a healthy diet, 2.) understand the major nutrition problems that affect individuals and populations, and 3.) understand the scientific basis for nutritional recommendations brought before the scientific and lay communities.
Research Skills and Methods Courses:
Statistical Methods for Nutrition Research (NUTR 207): Course covering descriptive statistics, graphical displays, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t test, chi-square test, nonparametric tests, multiple linear regression, multiple logistic regression, experimental design, multi-factor and multiple comparisons procedures. Students will learn how to use Stata statistical analysis software.
Regression Analysis for Nutrition Policy (NUTR 307): This course is intended for students whose main focus is non-experimental or survey-based research. The course covers non-experimental research design, simple linear regression, multiple regression, analysis of variance, non-linear functional forms, heteroskedasticity, complex survey designs, and real-world statistical applications in nutrition science and policy. Students will make extensive use of Stata for Windows.
Principles of Epidemiology (MPH 201): This course provides an introduction to the epidemiological perspective on health and disease. The course emphasizes the principles and methods used to describe and evaluate the patterns of illness in communities and in population subgroups. Methods and research designs used in the investigation of the etiology of infectious and noninfectious disease are presented. Lecture and laboratory examples illustrate a wide range of contemporary health problems.
Program Monitoring and Evaluation (NUTR 217): This seminar will provide an introduction to the principles and practice of program monitoring and evaluation, with an emphasis on nutrition and nutrition-related programs in developing countries. By reviewing relevant literature and utilizing case studies in the areas of nutrition, primary health, agriculture and other fields, students will garner basic literacy of the language and tools of evaluation. This seminar will focus both on the theory and practice of conducting program evaluation and will consist of round-table discussions, guest speakers, and applied exercises of critiquing, planning, and writing evaluations. In addition to the course content, the participatory nature of the seminar is important to the overall learning process. Although there will be speakers at several sessions, the course will largely be run by the seminar participants themselves who will shape the curriculum, design assignments, and be expected to bring forth their personal experiences, opinions, and questions to the subject matter at hand.
Community and Public Health Nutrition (NUTR 228): This intensive course provides presentations, readings and activities related to the broad range of community-based nutrition research, programs and policies in the US today. Public health efforts in communities are implement in many different types of settings, including community non-profit agencies, worksites, health centers, clinics, hospitals, schools, churches, supermarkets, recreational and sports centers, councils on aging/senior centers, and emergency feeding sites. Students will become familiar with community-based research and programs focused solely on nutrition as well as those in which nutrition is one component. Students will engage in skill-building and participatory activities, as well be introduced to case examples of creative and innovative approaches to community nutrition. Through field visits and guest speakers, students will have an opportunity to dialogue with public health experts and practitioners who can influence community nutrition practice. Upon completion of this course, the students will have a toolbox of skills to utilize and apply in a wide range of practice settings.
Fundamentals of Nutrition Policy and Programming – How Science and Practice Interact (NUTR 203): Nutrition 203 is a required course that will allow students at the Friedman School to become familiar with policy processes (domestic and international), typologies of policy initiatives (laws, regulations, program interventions, legal restrictions and systems, institutional mandates), and to be able to critically analyze and discuss how policy and science interact with regard to food and nutrition. The class will cover: a) how science influences the policy agenda, and how policy debates influence the scientific agenda; b) the scientific underpinnings of food and nutrition policies; c) how empirical findings in scientific research and operational programming make their way into policy and law; d) debates and controversies in US and international nutrition; e) the range of options for intervention that exist (to improve nutrition), and those that are used; f) how do we know what works best and what the alternatives might be?; g) approaches to problem assessment and measurement; h) success stories in the nutrition pantheon; i) constraints to success (what makes or breaks major program successes), and j) key institutions and organizations involved in nutrition policy and programming in the US and around the world.
Economics for Food Policy Analysis (NUTR 238): This course equips students with the economic principles used for food policy analysis, applying the methods of economics to the major food and nutrition policy problems of the United States and the world. Students will gain familiarity with the data sources and analytical methods needed to explain and predict consumption, production and trade in agriculture and food markets; evaluate the social welfare consequences of market failure and government policies; and analyze changes in poverty and inequality including both fluctuations and trends in incomes, employment and economic development.